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Sydney Greens in Israel boycott defeat

By Dan Goldberg, April 28, 2011

An Australian local council abandoned its controversial bid to boycott Israel following intense pressure from Jewish groups, politicians and the media.

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Certainty goes up in flames as Syria riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Despite promising political reform and a repeal of the country's emergency laws last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered his army to quell the pro-democracy protests in a number of cities.

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Hamas, Fatah agree reconciliation deal in Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Longtime Palestinian rivals Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas are understood to have reached a deal to form an interim government following reconciliation meetings in Cairo.

Egyptian officials told state television that the agreement would include setting a date for a general election.

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Tucson congresswoman Giffords well enough to watch shuttle launch

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Three months after she was shot in the head from close range at a political event in Tucson, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is expected be present as her astronaut husband sets of for space.

Ms Giffords was one of 20 people wounded, including six fatally, when a gunman sprayed bullets at a crowd outside of a supermarket.

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Jewish graves smashed in Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Vandals have smashed headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Istanbul.

The incident, which happened on the final day of Passover, left at least eight gravestones damaged at the Beyoglu cemetery.

Police are looking at security camera footage to investigate what happened.

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War cost my family everything

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2011

One Sunday in March 1944, Éva Retkin was strolling with her father in Budapest when a friend hurried up to them.

"'Have you heard what happened?' he said. 'The Germans are here.' I can still hear his voice," she recalled. "It was so awful."

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Facing Fatah - the day I became one of the 'hard men' of the Middle East

By Martin Bright, April 21, 2011

I have just spent two days inside the skin of Jibril Rajoub, the Fatah hard man and former West Bank security chief. This was not a comfortable experience.

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Rabbi sex conviction in doubt

By Paul Berger, April 21, 2011

The high-profile conviction of a Brooklyn rabbi on sex abuse charges has been thrown into doubt amid allegations of witness tampering and blackmail.

Baruch Lebovits, 60, was jailed for up to 32 years after being convicted by a Brooklyn court last year of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

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JDL was probed over rapper death threats

By Paul Berger, April 21, 2011

The Jewish Defence League (JDL) was investigated over the use of death threats to extort money from US rap stars, according to files recently released on the FBI website.

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Rabbi accused in flight grope case

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

A rabbi has been arrested for allegedly groping a woman as they flew to New York.

Rabbi Gavriel Bidany told the female passenger sitting next to him that he was "asleep" during the incident, on a Delta Airlines flight from Tel Aviv last month. He was later charged with misdemeanour assault.

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